Cardiac team is first in world to employ new aortic technique

Dr. Danny Dvir performs a first-in-the-world intentional cut via catheter to replace a patient’s failed artificial aortic valve.

Physicians at the Regional Heart Center are national leaders in clinical trials with the goal of safely adopting innovative, proven treatments.

Recent advancements:

Heart Regeneration Program

Drs. Chuck Murry and April Stempien-Otero are using stem cell technology to repair the heart. By injecting stem cells from the patient’s own bone marrow into the heart of patients awaiting heart transplants. After the patient gets a new heart, the damaged organ is looked at to see if the stem cells helped regenerate the heart muscle tissue.

“This next century is about curing disease through regenerative medicine.”
-W. Robb MacLellan, head, Division of Cardiology

Did you know?

Robert A. Bruce is known as the “Father of Exercise Cardiology.” He developed the standardized treadmill test for diagnosing and evaluating heart and lung diseases. He was the first head of cardiology in 1950. His multistage test – several stages of progressively greater workloads – became known as the “Bruce Protocol.”

Research centers:

Cardiovascular Health Research Unit (CHRU)